Whether it's a birthday, a corporate event or just an intimate catch up with friends, the scope for private dining is vast and varied, particularly in the heart of London. To give you a taste of what's on the menu, we've picked our top venues to suit a variety of occasions, from business lunches to company dinners.
No need for an appetite for venue-finding: you'll find all you need here. From upmarket pubs to elegant State rooms, feast your eyes on these fantastic spots and get ready to treat your guests to an evening they won't forget!
The Italian Greyhound is on course to be one of the top contenders for our favourite private dining space in London. Located in the enviable environs of Marylebone, and with a tastefully minimal interior, the atmosphere of this artistic haven is miles ahead of the pack. And don't let the unassuming decor fool you: the freshly-prepared, authentic Italian food created here each day is out-of-this world - we bet it'll have your guests hounding you for another invitation!
Capacity: 50 dining
If you're after something grand and elegant, The Insurance Hall is a stunning backdrop for a private dining event, with oak panelling, an abundance of natural light, and stained glass windows charting the history of insurance companies, past and present.
The venue also features plenty of tech to take your dining event up a notch, including an automated blackout system, adjustable lighting, and a 13ft front projection screen. With a reception lobby to welcome guests, and a fixed stage in the Great Hall, it's an impressive spot for large private events - and lunch locations don't get much more convenient than this central venue!
Capacity: 160 dining
Boasting elegance and an unrivalled location with views of Hyde Park, No.4 Hamilton Place is an authentic Edwardian town house, featuring a Baroque staircase, a number of chandeliers and plenty of ornate, versatile spaces for private dining events.
The Argyll Room and Terrace provides a perfect spot for private dining, with Edwardian detailing, large bow windows that flood the room with light and enough room for 120 guests, creating a stunning dining experience, all in the very heart of London. Plus, for summer events, the patio and covered outdoor area is a beautiful, airy alternative to dining indoors.
Capacity: 180 dining
For something a little more intimate and exclusive, check out the sumptuous secret space in Malmaison London. Malmaison's private dining room is located within the Chez Mal restaurant on the lower ground floor of this Grade II listed hotel. Comfortably seating up to 14 guests with three feature walls of antique mirrors, the private dining room offers flexible levels of privacy, perfect for discreet business lunches or a more relaxed occasion that allows the restaurant atmosphere to flow through.
Capacity: 14 dining
You'll find Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the City. It's a firm favourite for business lunches and corporate dining, as it serves up a perfect blend of ambient surroundings and truly impressive food, all with a side of comfortable seating and views across the restaurant's floor.
The mezzanine level can be hired exclusively for larger events, or you can opt for exclusive use of the venue's double-heighted, glass-fronted restaurant space. With bespoke menus designed by Raymond Blanc, the venue provides an elegant dining experience that puts French cuisine front and centre.
Capacity: 140 dining
Incorporated in 1555 by an Act of Parliament, the Company of Watermen are tasked with managing the waterways of London. Watermen's Hall is an impressive venue and is the only Georgian Hall of its kind left in the City, with its original features sure to leave an impression on your guests.
Located just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Monument, the venue is filled with interesting historical artefacts and boasts four separate rooms of varying sizes that are suitable for private dining, including The Parlour Room with its stunning stained-glass window.
Capacity: 70 dining
Home to the Royal Overseas League, Six Park Place is one of London's most unique Private Members clubs. It offers graceful elegance, grandeur and comfort suitable to every type of occasion. Housed in a wonderful Grade I listed building, complete with classical decor and period features throughout.
With a number of spaces suitable for private dining events, from the former bedroom of the Dowager of Rutland, to grand rooms overlooking the gardens and Hyde Park, this venue provides a real sense of occasion to any event.
Location: Green Park
Capacity: 200 dining
So there you have it: 7 fabulous venues for hosting a seriously special Central London private dining event. From the ornate to the excitingly modern, these spaces are guaranteed to offer up the ideal spot to entertain your guests.
If you've found your choice among our specials of the day, enquire with the venue for availability. Still browsing the menu? Check out the other top London private dining spots we can serve up, or get in touch at the button below for some more suggestions. Bon appetit!